Ryan Kennedy was diagnosed with ependymoma, a rare form of brain cancer, in 2007, when he was 4. Now Ryan, at 9, is living out the most adult decision a person can make — he quit all his cancer treatments and chose to die at home.
Ryan’s disease attacks the central nervous system, and caused him to walk into walls and vomit frequently. Since his diagnosis, his treatments have included four rounds of chemotherapy, two bouts of radiation, and seven surgeries. Ryan’s most recent operation, last August, left the right side of Ryan’s face paralyzed, and that’s when he decided to wave the white flag.
When doctors proposed another surgery in February, Ryan refused, telling his parents with certainty, “I’m done with this.” He just wanted to “live the rest of his life.”
Ryan’s final wish was to go swimming, so the whole family took a vacation. Now Ryan is spending his last days at home in hospice care. He has almost died — twice — and he’s shared tearful goodbyes with his brother and sister.
Ryan’s 10th birthday is May 24, but doctors don’t expect him to live that long.
This is from HERE.
(as an aside, we have a cousin who has lung cancer, bad. he is now on hospice. Originally the docs gave him 5 years, but now? Who knows. We pray for him.)
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It’s a photo series of Americans who live totally off the grid.
Is it harder to be gay or black? Wanda Sykes has the answer.
Judge Judy has launched a hilarious new website: What Would Judy Say?
How a new father accidentally stole a car from the hospital parking lot.
Wife decided just a bit prior to 3pm this afternoon that the a/c’s must be on and they must be set at a low temperature! It is (was) 88 outside here. She wanted a cool house to come to when she came back from her hair dresser. Think she has a new one since now there is a hair salon in our town! Wife said she was great, plus she did super job on our daughter and oldest granddaughter.
Tomorrow is our grandson’s graduation party. Wife, daughter, granddaughter and more are into make lots of food for all the people coming in. Got family from the other end of Iowa coming, family friends from all over, heck a lot of people will be there. And Sunday is the official school graduation. So we will be busy tomorrow and Sunday. May or my not be posting anything.
Dec. 3, 1915, Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
Brooklyn Bridge painters at work high above the city.
About three weeks ago, the New York City Municipal Archives released a database of over 870,000 photos from its collection of more than 2.2 million images of New York throughout the 20th century. Their subjects include daily life, construction, crime, city business, aerial photographs, and more.
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Florida-based artist Scott Scheidly has created a portrait series like no other; his reimaginations of some of history’s notorious characters are “fabulous,” as he puts it, and in more ways than one.
From here : spokeart
Because not wanting to see babies sucked out of the womb and tossed into a dumpster is a bad thing.
On May 10 the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus were honorary co-hosts of a wordy briefing entitled, “African Americans’ Attitudes on Abortion, Contraception, and Reproductive, Justice: From Public Opinion to Policymaking,” held at the U.S. Capitol.
Organizers were obviously alarmed by the inroads pro-lifers have made into the black community, hence the briefing.
What surprised me was how freely they disseminated their findings and thoughts, apparently not taking into consideration (can’t believe they didn’t care) that pro-lifers might also be interested in they had to say.
Which they were. Out of the 75 or so attendees, at least four were pro-life infiltrators. RSVPs were requested but not mandatory. So our people just showed up.
What I look like after just a bit of beer (true story).
I think she has just lied her entire life. What happens if you have liberal parents who do not believe in punishment.
The credibility of Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren took another hit today as Boston radio talk show host Howie Carr released evidence that appears to confirm Ms. Warren may have plagiarized at least three of the five recipes she submitted to the 1984 Pow Wow Chow cookbook edited by her cousin Candy Rowsey.
Two of the possibly plagiarized recipes, said in the Pow Wow Chow cookbook to have been passed down through generations of Oklahoma Native American members of the Cherokee tribe, are described in a New York Times News Service story as originating at Le Pavilion, a fabulously expensive French restaurant in Manhattan. The dishes were said to be particular favorites of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Cole Porter.
The two recipes, “Cold Omelets with Crab Meat” and “Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing,” appear in an article titled “Cold Omelets with Crab Meat,” written by Pierre Franey of the New York Times News Service that was published in the August 22, 1979 edition of the Virgin Islands Daily News, a copy of which can be seen here.
Ms. Warren’s 1984 recipe for Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing is a word-for-word copy of Mr. Franey’s 1979 recipe.
Al-Qaeda has no better friends than Congressional Democrats.
Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) are pushing legislation that would roll back a recent White House decision to expand drone strikes against terrorist targets around the world.
The legislation was introduced as an amendment to the House version of the 2013 defense budget bill. House members plan to bring that amendment and others up for floor debate on Thursday.
If approved, the amendment would block members of the Pentagon’s secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) from carrying out unmanned airstrikes under newly rewritten White House authority on those operations.
Specifically, the amendment would stop JSOC members from participating in combat operations “in which an unmanned aerial vehicle is used to attack a target who’s identity is unknown or is based solely on patters of behavior.”
The Kucinich-Conyers legislation flies directly in the face of the Obama administration’s decision to execute those types of airstrikes, particularly against suspected terror targets in Yemen.
What to say to the next telemarketer to call you.
How the Gay-Marriage Mob Slimed Manny Pacquiao
Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is guilty — of being true to his Catholic faith. The gay-marriage mob is guilty — of the very ugly bigotry it claims to abhor. And left-wing media outlets are guilty — of stoking false narratives that shamelessly demonize religion in the name of compassion.
The attempted crucifixion of Pacquiao this week was fueled by an online army of cultural shakedown artists, generously funded by billionaire George Soros and other so-called progressive philanthropists.
On Tuesday, a freelance writer for the Examiner.com published an interview with Pacquiao conducted at his Los Angeles residence. Journalist Granville Ampong asked the pugilist his views on gay marriage in light of President Obama’s flip-flop-flip on the issue. “God’s words first,” Pacquiao said. “Obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man.”
After suggesting that Obama should consult the Bible as his “manual for life,” Pacquiao added in earnest: “It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.”
The interview then included a scriptural reference to Leviticus 20:13, which states: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Publications including USA Today, LA Weekly and Village Voice all ran outraged pieces on Pacquiao’s “homophobic” calls for violence. But it was the interviewer, not Pacquiao, who made the citation. Ampong demanded apologies on behalf of Pacquiao. Feckless professional journalists blamed Ampong for their own biased reading and then grudgingly “clarified” the truth in buried updates.
Read more HERE.
Yes, the same family he doesn’t lift a finger to help.
(CNSNews.com) — President Barack Obama invoked his poor family members in Kenya as a reason why “economic growth can’t just be for the lucky few at the top, it’s got to be broad-based, for everybody.”
Obama delivered remarks Friday at the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington where he talked about plans for the United States and developed countries from the Group of Eight (G8) nations to assist African countries in agriculture.
“I’ve spoken before about relatives I have in Kenya, who live in villages where hunger is sometimes a reality — despite the fact that African farmers can be some of the hardest-working people on Earth,” said Obama, who along with first lady Michelle Obama have a net worth of between $2.6 million and $8.3 million, according to financial disclosure forms released by the White House on Tuesday.
“Most of the world’s unused arable land is in Africa,” the president continued. “Fifty years ago, Africa was an exporter of food. There is no reason why Africa should not be feeding itself and exporting food again. There is no reason for that.”